Ugandan parliament to distribute tree seedlings to schools in Bunyoro

Uganda, the country’s Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) is to distribute over three thousand tree seedlings to all schools in Hoima district between March and July 2018.

According to Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County Member of Parliament, who is a member of the Forum, the seedlings will be distributed to boost tree planting campaign in schools.

“Every child is supposed to plant a tree once the seedlings are provided is vital for Bunyoro,” the PM told Community Green radio.

Mr. Wakabi explained that the initiative of planting indigenous tree species like Terminalia, Mvule and Mahogany in schools is to save Bunyoro from drastic effects of climate change that might come due to continuous depletion of Bugoma and Budongo forests through human activities like cultivation, timber logging and construction.

Different school heads and communities have welcomed the development saying it will help conserve the environment for the better and help curb the ever changing weather.

“This is a good idea .We shall continue planting trees and create a positive impact to our communities”, explained Fr. John Mary Ssebugwawo, the Head teacher of St.JohnBosco seminary Secondary school in Hoima.

Hoima District Environmental officer Joseline Nyangoma has expressed gratitude to the leaders at different levels for joining hands to curb drastic climate change effects through planting trees. She explains that trees help to remove and store carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air that humans inhale.

“Trees have endless advantages when planted thus they reduce the energy demand for cooling, reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions from power plants”, explained Ms Nyangoma.

Uganda’s Parliamentary Forum on climate change is one of the first Forums in Africa on Environment and initiated by Ugandan parliament in 2008 to respond to the pressing environmental, social and economic issues.

National Association for Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) designed a program in 2017 to strengthen and empower host communities in bio-diversity rich areas to engage in decision making around management of natural resources which is under threat by human activities and the current national development agenda.

Story compiled by Dorcus Drijaru